In this guide you’ll learn all the details you need to know to get your license and become a real estate agent in Utah.
You’ll learn the basic real estate licensing requirements in Utah, information about the exam including pass rates and test prep, reciprocity rules, county by county breakdowns of the most expensive real estate in Utah, and more.
Okay, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s start at the beginning.
Basic Utah Real Estate Licensing Requirements
Getting a real estate license in Utah is a little tougher compared to other states. You need a total of 120 classroom hours of commission-approved pre-licensing courses. In comparison, to get a license in Florida, real estate licenses require applicants to complete only 63 hours of courses. Here’s a quick breakdown of the real estate licensing requirements in Utah.
Pre-licensing Courses Required in Utah
In order to get a real estate license in Utah, you will need to complete 120 hours of real estate pre-licensing courses that will cover:
- Real property characteristics
- Property valuation and appraisal
- Contracts and relationships with buyers and sellers
- Property conditions and disclosures
- Federal laws governing real estate activities
- Financing the transaction, and settlement
- Leases, rents, and property management
- Brokerage operations
- Real estate office procedures
- Property management
- Licensee practice
- Real Estate Education, Research and Recovery Fund
- Utah water rights
- Adverse possession
- Statute of Frauds
- Closing statements
Utah Real Estate Exam Information
If you work hard and take the courses seriously you should have no problem passing the exam. If you’re looking for help studying for the test, we recommend Real Estate Exam Scholar’s Exam prep course. They offer top-notch exam prep for an affordable price. Even better, they also offer a money back guarantee if you don’t pass on the first try.
Utah Pre-Licensing Exam Questions
- Total of 130 multiple-choice questions (to be completed within 4 hours)
- 80 questions on the national portion (60 correct required to pass)
- 50 questions on the state-specific portion (38 correct required to pass)
What to Bring to the Exam
- 2 valid forms of identification with signatures. One ID must be a government-issued Photo ID; simple calculator
- Confirmation number when the test reservation was made.
You must earn a score of 70 to pass the Utah Real Estate Exam
Utah Real Estate License Fee
Exam Fee in Utah
You need to have at least a high school diploma or GED in order to apply for a license in Utah.
Applicants must be at least 18 of age or older
Any U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted alien can apply.
Any active member of the Utah Bar who is in good standing and qualified under the real estate license law is exempt from taking the real estate sales associate prerequisite course.
Applicants who have an existing criminal record may still apply for a real estate license. It would be best if applicants were to include their criminal history along with the necessary documents related to the conviction, if any, on their application. After submitting your fingerprints, your application will be forwarded to the Division of Criminal Justice Information Systems and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Upon investigation, each applicant will be considered on their own merits.
Online Real Estate Schools in Utah
While taking your real estate pre-licensing course in person can be helpful, online courses are much cheaper and offer the exact same courses. Search Google for online real estate schools in Utah.
Utah Real Estate License Reciprocity and Portability
If you plan on working in states besides Utah, then you need to know the real estate license reciprocity and portability laws for Utah.
- Reciprocity: Utah has mutual recognition agreements with 3 states or jurisdictions:
- Georgia, Mississippi, and Alberta (Canada)
- Portability: Turf State
To learn more about real estate license portability in Utah, check out our guide on real estate license reciprocity and portability here.
How to Choose the Right Real Estate Company to Work For in Utah
Let’s face it. Choosing the right brokerage to work for in any state isn’t easy. In order to make your choice a little bit easier, check out our in-depth guide on choosing the right real estate company to work for.
If you’re curious about which Utah brokerages are the most successful, check out Real Trends list of the top real estate brokerages in Utah for 2017 below.
Salt Lake City
|Real Estate Brokerage|
|Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties|
|Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage / NRT|
|Keller Williams Salt Lake City|
|CENTURY 21 Everest Realty Group|
|Keller Williams Success Realty|
*Data from Real Trends Market Leaders 2017
Utah Counties with Highest Average Listing Price and Highest Median Sales Price 2017
Let’s face it, higher listing prices mean higher commission checks! To get a sense of which counties offer the best opportunities for big bucks in Utah check out this sales data from Trulia’s Utah home price page below (week ending June 21):